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Flushmate Recalls 3 Million Exploding Toilets

Flushmate Recalls 3 Million Exploding Toilets

July 15, 2016 — The Flushmate III Pressure-Assist flushing system has been recalled again because the toilet can explode and cause injuries or property damage.

Flushmate originally recalled the toilets in 2012 after reports of more than 300 explosions and 14 injuries. The recall expanded in 2014 to include a wider range of manufacturing dates.

Now, Flushmate is expanding the recall yet again. The recalls now include all Flushmate III Series 503 systems that were made between October 1997 and April 2011.

About 3 million exploding toilets are now included in the recall. According to the manufacturer:

“The system can burst at or near the vessel weld seam releasing stored pressure. This pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact and laceration hazards to consumers and property damage.”

The explosions have been compared to a “small bomb,” especially when they are installed in buildings with higher water pressure than the average home. One man reported that his toilet “exploded and severely cut my back,” which required dozens of stitches.

If you have a recalled toilet, you have until September to claim your share of an $18 million class action settlement.

It is easy to check if your toilet is a Flushmate III. When you open the lid, you will see a black plastic canister instead of water. Look for the brand-name “Flushmate.” Click here to see if your toilet is part of the recalls.

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